How to Replace Damaged Cedar Shake Siding

What You'll Need
Utility knife
Clap board
A pair of pliers
Claw hammer
Galvanized nails
Fiber cement

It is advisable to keep cedar shake siding well maintained to prevent air, water, dirt, and insects from entering the house. Over time, they succumb to environmental elements such as moisture and heat. This can cause them to rot or break. If replacements are not done in time, the decay can spread to surrounding wood and cause more damage.

Step 1 – Remove Damaged Board

Inspect the siding of the house and look out for spots that need repair. Buy the necessary materials from a hardware store or home supply shop. Most of the equipment can be obtained from rentals.

Get rid of the damaged clap board by using a wedge. Position it below the wood and gently pull it out of position. Locate the nails on the clap boar after pulling it from the sheathing and pull them out using a claw hammer. Release the top board by positioning the wedge under the clap board; remove the nails using a claw hammer to release the damaged board.

Step 2 – Make a Replacement

Obtain the new board and position it in place. Make sure it fits in comfortably between the boards. Use galvanized nails to drive it in using existing holes on adjacent siding. Make sure to hit the studs and fill in all the nail holes.

Step 3 – Fix Sheathing

Check the condition of the sheathing in place. Carefully put up the fascia board and fix fiber-cement shake panels in place. Make sure that both materials are fastened in position. If it is necessary, replace damaged or spoiled sheathing.

Step 4 – Cut Flashing

Use a pencil or chalk board to make a reference point for the transition board. Firmly, but gently, fix the flashing underneath the wall sheathing. Use galvanized nails to fasten the flashing.

Step 5 – Cut Planks and Board

Use a saw to cut 2 inch piece of plank board to be used above the drip cap. Cut a larger piece on top of the plank board and finish by cutting shingle panels. Locate the starter strip and secure it above drip cap using coiled nailing sider.  Do not worry if it does not fit in perfectly. 

To cut the wider plank, use an angle finder. This piece has to be cut at an angle, position it on top of the plank to get a correct angle. Note down the angle and transfer the measurement to the shingle panels and all the planks. 

Step 6 – Install New Shingle in Place

Use galvanized nails to secure the first plank. Obtain a shingle panel and line it with studs, it is advisable to start in the center. Line the end of the shingle panel with the center of the stud. This makes it possible to line up all the other shingle panels.